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Contractors deserve prompt payment

How long would you be willing to wait to be paid for your work?  A normal paycheque may be held back for a couple of weeks or a month, but...

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The unbalanced Harper budget

Presumably, Jim Flaherty considered the same economic picture of the country as the rest of us when planning the 2014 budget. That picture is not rosy. Almost one and half...

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Budget let-down: Canada's youth need much more

Recessions are always harder on young workers, but we are nearly five years out from the end of the last recession and there is still no recovery in sight for...

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Harper's unbalanced economic plan fails to help struggling Canadians

Budget sets the stage for income splitting, a costly and unfair tax giveaway OTTAWA—Despite its commitment to eliminating the national deficit, Stephen Harper's 2014 budget denies Canadians the help they...

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Broadbent Institute reacts to January Labour Force Report

Statistics Canada released Friday Canada's January Labour Force numbers, showing Canada's job market remains mired in a weak recovery. On the surface, the labour force numbers look alright. The national unemployment rate...

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Canada needs sound fiscal thinking, not balanced budget laws

In last year’s Speech from the Throne, the Harper government promised to introduce legislation to require “balanced budgets during normal economic times, and concrete time lines for return to balance...

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Do you see yourself in those who shape the news?

Column space in Canadian newspapers remains dominated by middle-aged white males – even while our communities become increasingly more diverse. Dylan Robertson, a freelance journalist, recently published a piece on J-Source citing...

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Ottawa's oil and gas sitcom

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any slower, Ottawa has yet another rationale for delaying greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for oil and gas companies. Worryingly, this one comes straight...

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With more seniors working already, do we need to raise the retirement age?

For the first time ever, the percentage of Canadian seniors aged 65 to 69 who are still working rose to more than one in four in the autumn of 2013....

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“Toxin Toxout”: it’s the green economy, stupid!

Five years ago, when Bruce Lourie and I started work on our first book, Slow Death by Rubber Duck:  How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health, it wasn’t immediately...